Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Joins Global Partnership to Promote Open Government

20th October 2020

The government of Northern Ireland has been selected to join the Open Government Partnership (OGP), an organization that brings together governments and civil society leaders to create more transparent, inclusive, and participatory government. As a new member of OGP, Northern Ireland will work with local civil society organizations and other OGP members to advance the…


Opportunity: NI Open Government Network – Director to the Board

1st July 2020

The Board of Directors of NI Open Government Network CIC (NIOGN) is currently inviting expressions of interest from suitable individuals to join the board of directors. The Board provides strategic leadership to the organisation, ensuring it is well run and delivering the outcomes for which it has been set up. Directors will proactively work to…


Opportunity: NI Open Government Network – Treasurer & Director to the Board

1st July 2020

The Board of Directors of NI Open Government Network CIC (NIOGN) is currently inviting expressions of interest from suitable individuals to join the Board of Directors. We are particularly keen to involve a new Treasurer, who will fulfil an office bearer role alongsinde the Chair and the Secretary. The Board provides strategic leadership to the…


COVID-19: What is the role of Open Government?

30th April 2020

From the Board of the Northern Ireland Open Government Network Part 1 – Transparency in a Time of Crisis What is the role of Open Government while we face an unprecedented crisis? The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our normal way of life; it is placing substantial strain on the fabric of government, public services and…


The Action Plan has been published – what’s next?

20th June 2019

From 28-30 May, Canadian civil society and the Canadian Government hosted the Open Government Partnership Global Summit in Ottawa. This year’s Summit had a particular focus on participation, inclusion and impact. Over 2,000 delegates, over 100 sessions, and 130 countries (including all the UK nations) came together to learn and share their knowledge, experiences and…


NI Open Government Network Blog – Open Government Commitments for Northern Ireland

13th June 2019

Written Colm Burns The UK’s fourth Open Government National Action Plan 2019-21 (NAP), published just in time for 6th Open Government Partnership Global Summit in Ottawa on 28 May 2019, builds on the previous plans published in September 2011, September 2013, and May 2016. The NAP was developed in dialogue with the UK Open Government…


Ann Allan Blog – Democracy Games

13th June 2019

Written by Ann Allan Originally posted on apvallan.com On Friday I attended the Democracy Games at Stormont. Now I’m sure you’re asking what are Democracy Games and aren’t you a bit old to be taking part in any sort of games. I was in fact there to host on behalf of the Open Government NI…


NI Open Government Network Blog – What Does Real Democracy Look Like?

12th June 2019

Written by Jenny Muir What does democracy mean to us? Has its meaning changed over time? Which countries are the most democratic? How does good democratic practice relate to activism? What are the barriers to achieving change? NI OGN Directors Paul Braithwaite and Jenny Muir led a workshop asking these questions – and more – …


NI Open Government Network Blog – Open Government Partnership Global Summit 2019

10th June 2019

Written by Connor McLean “It has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time…” – speaker at OGP Summit quoting Winston Churchill  This year’s OGP Summit was hosted in the Canadian capital, Ottawa. The sixth international gathering of its…


NI Open Government Network Blog – Where is my Good Friday Agreement?

26th February 2019

Written By Colm Burns I voted for the Good Friday Agreement (GFA) in May 1998 because I felt it was the right thing to do. I was 20 and not politically active, and hadn’t actually read the Agreement but I did grow up in North Belfast beside Girdwood Army Barracks. I remember the bombs and…